Australian Alumni

    CMC Alumni Association of Australia



Dr. Mahiban Thomas


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Dr. Meshach Kirubakaran

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Dr. Abdul Lathif


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Message From the President – Mahiban Thomas


Dear Fellow Alumni,

First of all, best wishes for the New Year to your family and you.

Our last meeting at Hobart in October 2017 ( 13th gathering) was an amazing coming together of alumni from not just CMC Vellore, but also from CMC Ludhiana, and non-medical alumni as well.

As you are all aware, we call our reunions as Gathering Of The CHristian Medical College Australian Alumni – GOTCHA, the acronym that we have culled from the above; hopefully it gets to us.

Dr Nitin Verma, and his lovely wife, Anu, must be congratulated for an outstanding venue, superb food and wine, and an amazing scientific program.

Let me expand a bit on the science of this meeting, because we do not usually dwell on this aspect of these occasions of celebration and reunions. We were educated widely. Very widely. As a surgeon, I have not many opportunities, and indeed not much inclination to find a seat at an O&G presentation (despite Sujatha, the better half, being an active obstetrician), or at an ophthalmology conference, or indeed at a nephrology or immunology meeting. I guess that if I had an opportunity to be present at some of these non-surgical meetings (as an invited speaker), I have found solace at the bar until I could decently depart.

So, it was indeed being captive to the mesmeric (truly!) psychiatric presentation on PTSD, and to listen to the largest group of specialists within the Hobart gathering doing two talks on their specialty – it was the obstetricians (the collective noun for obstetricians is a SMEAR) – and to a superb talk on the history of dialysis, an outstanding talk on the care provided in macular degeneration. Wow!

A treat to learn about the utilisation of technology and materials, a cross pollination of knowledge within that room, with the Engineering abilities of Anu Verma combining with anaesthetic skills towards creating a safer airway.

Amazing to hear from the outstanding volunteer work in a small neighbouring country with immense needs, tapping into the highest office in both countries, and from multiple OECDs to achieve the impossible! And, the use of social media to mobilise a town with a massive GDP and poor health resources – superb!

For me however, the stand out and the greatest learning was a talk on an area that I was aware of peripherally, emptying some of it to benefit H&N Cancer patients only. Monoclonal Antibodies.   All in two sessions.

After my return to Darwin, my poor department was subject to education in cross pollination and the learning that can occur from such an exposure. Fortunately, I had support from my Fellow, who was the youngest attendee at the Hobart meeting, and a second-generation CMC-ite, the son of Professors Sadhu. Batch of 2001. He lowered the average age. By a lot.

That really was the major talking point at the AGM, which apart from a small but vital
administrative change – welcoming Dr A Latif as our Treasurer (to replace Dr S Aseervatham, who is now the President of the Friends of Vellore, Australia, and doing a great job there) – was centred around how to attract and retain our younger generations of alumni to be a part of this annual celebration.

A matter that had been raised the previous year was actioned this time, and a WhatsApp group was started instantly. Of course such work was delegated to the most tech savvy (read youngest) attendee, and we now have an active group that discusses matters from Uluru to Pesarattu!

To become a member of this august group, all you will have to do is to email or text me, or talk to one of the 35 current members….!

The plan for this year is to meet at Uluru (see below) on the 27th of September. There will be a scientific session that evening before dinner, and there is the opportunity unity to climb the largest monolith in the world, before that privilege is lost from 2019. And of course the privilege of enjoying the spectacle of the play of light at sunrise and at sunset. And the blaze of stars at night. Please Don’t miss it.

But there will be far more: Dr Issac Muthiah and Dr Lakshmi Jhansi are arranging the rest of this meeting at Alice Springs, the Red Centre. So, on the 28th, we will make our way (45 minutes by air or 3.5 hours by road) to Alice Springs from Uluru, to continue our scientific pondering and the celebration of several reunions, and some new friends as well.
There is a major festival of lights in the desert at that time, along with the many things Alice has to offer. Best of all, the travel time to Alice Springs is fairly even from all across the country, with regular flights into Alice from every major city in Australia, so it is an ideal opportunity unity to cast away all excuses and join the event, which is CME approved.
Welcome to the WhatsApp group (and pesarattu), and to Uluru and Alice Springs in September!

Let us celebrate all that CMC means to us, as its proud products in a world that needs humanity more than ever.

                                                                                                                      Mahiban Thomas

Photos from the Hobart Gathering 













Australian Alumni Gathering

G O T C H A 

14th Annual Gathering  – 2018

Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Thursday 27th – Sunday 30th September , 2018



Organisers: Drs. Isaac Muthiah & Lakshmi
(Batch 1971)

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Hi Everyone,

It is indeed our privilege to invite all CMC alumni from all branches of study at Vellore to Alice Springs in September 2018.

Alice Springs is a thriving and vibrant town in the centre of Australia well connected by air to all cities of Australia. There are daily flights to all cities. All flights land and depart mostly between 11 AM and 1 PM. If you book in advance you will get good deals.

Attractions in Alice include RFDS, school of the air and many picnic spots within 20 KM You will not see these spots anywhere else in the world. No wonder German and Japanese tourists flock here. Hundreds of thousands of square kilometres of vastness will humble anyone. PARRTJIMA Festival of Lights, a spectacular show is on from 28 September to 7 of October 2018.Of course there is Uluru or Ayers Rock 450 km from Alice.

The program is as follows:
27/9/18 – Thursday 
Arrive in Ayers Rock, CME in the afternoon. Watch Field of light Uluru after sunset both are mesmerising. There are daily flights from most cities.

28/9/18 – Friday
Watch sunrise over Ayers Rock, breakfast and leave for Alice by road or air 

lunch followed by CME. PARRTJIMA light festival from 7PM to 9.30 PM. Free bus service from several locations in town to and from Desert Park which is the venue for the festival. Many Food stalls are available on site.
9/9/18 – Saturday
Morning free to explore Alice. Options are visit Todd mall, school of the air, RFDS and art galleries. Lunch followed by CME. 7 PM dinner.
30/9/18 -Sunday
Morning service preceded by breakfast. Depart to home town. Most flights leave between 11AM and 1 PM. Sunday market which is a long established not for profit outdoor market held every second Sunday in Todd mall from 9 AM to 1 pm. People who are staying extra day in Alice may be able to visit Sunday market and we can organise a picnic.

Alumni not keen to visit Ayers Rock will fly into Alice Springs on Friday the 28 September.

Trip from Ayers Rock to Alice Springs on 28/9/18:
Option 1: Qantas flight departure 0950 hours reach Alice at 1035am. Fare as of today $208.

Option 2: drive which takes about 4 hours 30 minutes. You have start from Ayers Rock by 7.00 am soon after watching sunrise. Have breakfast along the way. Many excellent food joints available.

Stay in Ayers Rock- choice of many resorts. Cost will be around $200 per night per room. Possible to discuss group rate if we get firm requests from alumni.
Flight option is better because of time saving. Cost of driving will be cheaper by around $ 70 per head.

Our humble request to alumni:
Please decide soon, book your flights (to Ayers Rock if you are visiting Ayers or to Alice if not visiting Ayers) and return flight from Alice.
September is peak season for Alice and Ayers Rock for good reasons.
Stay in Alice: Hilton around $ 150 per night, Mercure $ 120 per night. I am in discussion with both. It is very important we get confirmation very early.
Please don’t miss this opportunity to visit Alice. Some consider it a sin not to have visited Alice Springs (Mparntwe as it is called by native elders) if you lived in Australia for some time.

WELCOME to Alice Springs.

Lakshmi and Isaac Muthiah- Batch of 1971





CMC Alumni Association

Medical Alumni Reunion 2017

10th to 12th August 2017
at CMC Vellore.


The Medical Alumni Reunion was held from 10th to 12th August 2017. Over 200 alumni from various parts of the world gathered in Vellore to take part in the celebrations. The special batches were 1942, 1947, 1952,1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987 and 1992.

The celebrations commenced on 11th August with the representatives of the special reunion batches sharing their experiences with the medical students. The alumni who spoke included Dr Rohan Ganguli (1967), Dr Christiana Joseph (1972), Dr Dayalan Clarke (1977), Dr PrabhakarThyagarajan (1982), Dr Prathap Lath and Madhavi Singh (1987) and Distrait John and Mini Elizabeth George (1992). There were short video clips of interviews with Dr Rose Satyam (1942) and Dr Zarina Isaac (1947). This was followed by a CME session. The speakers included Dr K.S. Joseph (1977), Dr Liza Jacob (1982), Dr Sekhar Krishnan (1987) and Dr Shalini Mishra (1992).

The General Reunion on 12th August began with traditional tree planting. The Director, Dr Sunil Chandy and the Principal, Dr Anna Pulimood presented some of the newer developments in CMC to the alumni. The Medical Superintendent, Dr C.E. Eapen offered his felicitations. The President of the Student’s Association Mr. Shantanu Nayak welcomed the alumni on behalf of the student body.

At the General Body Meeting of the Alumni Association, the office bearers who were nominated and elected were: Dr Abraham Peedicayil (1975) elected as President. Dr Anne Jennifer Priscilla (1991) elected as Treasurer for a period of 3 years. Dr Pritish John Korula (1998) elected as Entertainment Secretary for a period of 1 year. Dr B. Selvamani (Treasurer, Alumni Association, 2013-2017). Dr. Abhay Gahukamble (Entertainment Secretary, Alumni Association, 20152017) for the activities of the Alumni Association was appreciated. The contributions of Dr Prathap Tharyan (President, Alumni Association, 2012-2017) were highlighted followed by the introductions and photographs of the special batch, who then proceeded to the Men’s and Women’s Hostels, where the current students, along with the alumni, entertained the crowd.

At the Thanksgiving Service in the Scudder Auditorium, Dr Geegee George (1977) gave the message. The newest batch of alumni (the present interns), were given the charge to serve and not to seek to be served. Drs. Roy Joseph (1967) and Dr Lenny Markose (1972) passed on the torch of light to the representatives of the batch of 2012. This was followed by the informal entertainment, which had the packed Scudder auditorium in splits of laughter. The alumni left with loads of photographs and memories of happy times spent in Vellore.


 Minutes of the Alumni AGM

August 12th, 2017
held at Scudder Auditorium
CMC Vellore

scudder auditorium


Minutes of the Annual General Body Meeting held on 12th August 2017.

Special batches represented: 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987 and 1992.

Meeting Chaired by: Dr Prathap Tharyan, President of Alumni Association.

1. A minute silence was observed in in remembrance of alumni who had passed on in the previous year.

2. Reports of the Secretary and Treasurer
Dr Vinod Joseph Abraham, Secretary presented the minutes of the Annual General Body meeting held on 13th August 2016 which had been circulated prior to the meeting. As there were no questions or issues raised, the minutes were passed.
Dr Vinod Joseph Abraham presented the Secretary’s report which was circulated earlier by mail, and Dr B. Selvamani presented the Treasurer’s report which was circulated by hard copy. As there were no questions regarding these reports, these were passed by the General Body.

3. Website and App
Dr Vinod Joseph Abraham updated the alumni on the progress made with the website and app. It was mentioned while the committee had hoped to release these prior to the reunion, there were some delays and hence both the website and the app would be release within a week or two following the reunion.

4. Wi-fi Connectivity during the period of the Reunion
Arrangements had been made for the Wi-Fi connectivity during the time of Reunion at the Scudder Auditorium and in other locations in the college and hospital where there is a wireless booster.

5. Credit card facility in the CHTC Guest House
Arrangements had been made for the alumni who are staying in the CHTC guest house to pay their bills using credit card between 9.00 and 4.00 pm on weekdays and 9.00 to 1.00 pm on Saturdays.

6. Networking with PG Alumni & developing the PG Alumni database
The alumni were updated on the progress made with regard to networking and communication with the PG alumni. While this has been easier for the MBBS alumni, it was mentioned that the Alumni Office has contact details for about 50% of the PG alumni. The committee would be pursuing this through the various departments, but also requested all the alumni to help in getting the contact details for the PG alumni. Dr Vinod also mentioned that the office would welcome help from retired alumni to make the database more complete. Dr Edward Nathan (1987) suggested that regional coordinators could also be roped in to fill in gaps in the alumni database.

7. Medical alumni – Health Care Assistance Fund
A full description of the Medical alumni – Health Care Assistance Fund was circulated prior to the reunion, and a summary was presented at the time of the reunion. The alumni were informed that this was initiated by Dr Susie Samuel (1964), Dr Raman (1964) and Dr Thomas P. Thurairatnam (1973) and would be managed by the Alumni Association along with a few members in the administration. While the original proposal was to build up a corpus of Rupees one crore, Dr George Jayaprakash (1967) suggested that we aim for a higher amount of Rupees five crore in view of the increasing cost of health care. He also suggested that a summarised version of the request be sent around rather than a long document.
There was a suggestion that while we pursue this initiative, we also send out individual request as and when needed. Dr Prathap Tharyan, Dr Renu Solomon (1967) and a few others quickly pointed that the very reason this was initiated was to uphold the dignity of alumni affected and to avoid having to pass around a hat in each case. This was understood and accepted.
The suggestion to incorporate ‘distress fund’ in the name was mentioned and accepted.

8. Dr Rajiv Choudhrie (1982) informed the alumni of the difficulties being faced by the Christian Hospital, Mungeli due to some false allegations made against Dr Anil Henry (1984). Any alumni who were in a position to offer help or contact people who could help in the situation were requested to write to the Alumni Association from where these suggestions would be forwarded.

9. Alumni reunion 2018
The dates for the next Alumni Reunion were confirmed – August 9th – 11th, 2018.
Special batches for reunion 2017 – 1943, ’48, ’53, ’58, ’63, ’68, ’73, ’78, ’83, ‘88, ’93

10. Election of office bearers
On the recommendation of the committee, the following members were nominated:
President – Dr Abraham Peedicayil (1975) elected as President currently for one year to complete the term of Dr Prathap Tharyan (i.e. till August 2018). (Seconded by Dr P. Zachariah – 1949)
Treasurer – Dr Anne Jennifer Priscilla (1991) elected as Treasurer for a period of 3 years (i.e. till August 2020) (Seconded by Dr Sudha Jasmine – 1992).
Entertainment – Dr Pritish John Korula (1998) elected as Entertainment Secretary for a
period of 1 year (i.e. till August 2018) (Seconded by Dr Vaibhav Londhe – 1992).
The above nominations were unanimously approved and passed by the General Body.
Appreciation was recorded for the outgoing President Dr Prathap Tharyan, Treasurer Dr B. Selvamani and Entertainment Secretary Dr Abhay Gahukamble.
While appreciating the contribution of Dr Prathap Tharyan, outgoing President, the alumni were informed that the idea of revamping the website and introducing an app for easier access was introduced by Dr Prathap. In the initial phase, he had provided the services of staff and server space from his projects to reduce the cost on the Alumni Association. As the needs of the website and app outgrew what was possible from this source, Dr Prathap took the initiative to bring in different service providers from among whom the current provider was selected.

11. On behalf of the committee, Dr Vinod Joseph Abraham thanked the representatives of the special batches for coordinating the various events and activities with their batches.

The meeting ended with the College Song.


Alumni Association
Annual News Letter

Alumni Newsletter 2017 






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